Inge Meysel, 94; German Actress Was 'Mother of the Nation'

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Inge Meysel, 94, the German actress dubbed "Mother of the Nation" after World War II, died Saturday of heart failure at her home near Hamburg, Germany.

Meysel was banned from the stage during the Nazi era because her father was Jewish. But after the war, she appeared in many popular television shows, and over the last 40 years had performed 100 TV and stage roles. Her last appearance was in May in a German television crime series.

Although Meysel insisted she was not the maternal type, she earned the nickname "Mother of the Nation" for her memorable role as a concierge in the 1959-1960 TV series "Das Fenster zum Flur" ("The Window to the Floor").

At the announcement of Meysel's death, German President Horst Koehler said the country had "lost an outstanding actress who got to people's hearts."

For The Record Los Angeles Times Tuesday July 20, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 42 words Type of Material: Correction Meysel obituary -- An obituary of German actress Inge Meysel in Wednesday's California section incorrectly reported the translation of a German television series in which she starred as "The Window to the Floor." It should have been "The Window to the Hall."
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